They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

⭐⭐⭐.5 3.5 out of 5 stars

They Both Die at the End is an interesting novel about love, family and friendship. It is a call to live your life to the fullest as it might be terminated before you manage to fulfil your dreams.

Mateo Torrez is an anxious teenager, shy and prone to over-thinking, he spends most of the time online. One night, a little after midnight, he gets a call from Death-Cast telling him that he will die that day. Shocked and terrified, Mateo attempts to reach out and find a Last Friend to spend his End Day with. He meets Rufus Emeterio, who received a similar message from Death-Cast. Rufus is braver, more straightforward and acts on impulse, which sometimes gets him in trouble. The boys travel through New York City, trying to fit a lifetime into a single day.

They Both Die at the End is a brilliant idea for a novel. The invention of Death-Cast, even though we don’t know how it works, changed the way people live. Everyone receives a heads up about their dying day, and the city is full of special offers and attractions aimed at Deckers- those who received a message. Knowing that you have less than 24 hours to live, what would you do? The options are limitless, but I believe what Adam Silvera is trying to say in this book is to live your life to the fullest. Travel, explore and meet new people while you can. Don’t be afraid to go out and try new things. Which is sooo true, but I think the author was too forceful in communicating his meaning to the readers. He repeated it over and over again, while some more subtle means would probably be more successful.

To sum up, I truly liked the characters, the way they’re presented as opposites and how they push each other to become better versions of themselves. I loved how some stories in this book seemed separate from the main plot at first, but it turned out everything somehow intertwined. It is definitely not a depressing novel, but the theme of dying will make some readers sad. Both of the main characters are young, and they are forced to sum up and analyse their lives before they have truly begun. I would recommend this book to the younger readers who enjoy the more thoughtful lecture.

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